Photo feature: Lathmar Holi at the land of Lord Krishna and Radha

Ladies dress up as Gopis, while men dress up as Gops. The women playfully 'strike' males with Lath (sticks) to drive them away while they play with colours. This year the celebrations began from March 11 as Lathmar Holi is celebrated for a week.

Photo feature: Lathmar Holi at the land of Lord Krishna and Radha
Holi celebration at Barsana, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Holi, the festival of colors celebrated to pay respect to lord Krishna and Radha was celebrated on March 18 this year across the country. The festival is celebrated in various locations in a variety of ways, out of which the Lathmar Holi, celebrated in Barsana and Nandagaon, located near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh is noted for its splendour and enormous fanfare.

Women playfully beat men with sticks during Lathmar Holi. celebration at Barsana-Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Lathmar Holi, also known as Braj Ki Holi, is a distinct variation of Holi where locals re-enact scenes from Lord Krishna’s childhood. Ladies dress up as Gopis, while men dress up as Gops. The women playfully 'strike' males with Lath (sticks) to drive them away while they play with colors. This year the celebrations began from March 11 as Lathmar Holi is celebrated for a week.